Engineering Materials - 8715

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Science And Technology (Specialisation)

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Program Description

Note: The Master Science and Technology program in Engineering Materials (8715) will not be offered from Semester 2 2015 onwards. Prospective students are encouraged to consider the Master of Materials Technology (8717)

The Master of Science and Technology program in Engineering Materials provides a comprehensive yet flexible study of the full range of materials, including ceramics, composites, metals, and polymers. It is designed for graduates wishing to acquire expertise in the design, selection, use and performance of modern materials.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

1. Graduates will have acquired advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills, and an ability to apply these in a range of contexts. Students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of Materials Science and Engineering including established theories and recent developments relevant to the professional field
  • Apply disciplinary principles and practices to new or complex environments
2. Graduates will have developed an understanding of enquiry-based learning and demonstrate analytical skills. Students should be able to:
  • Plan and execute an original research-based project, and generate a short thesis on the project outcomes
  • Apply enquiry-based learning and ways of thinking to new disciplinary and/or professional contexts
3. Graduates will have developed advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students should be able to:
  • Investigate, generate, synthesise and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract and/or applied level
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature on a specific topic
  • Analyse problems or issues, articulate appropriate solutions and justify propositions
4. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively to a range of audiences, and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and working effectively with others. Students should be able to:
  • Communicate complex ideas in a variety of formats to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills
  • Demonstrate and understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of teamwork and collaboration
5. Graduates will have an awareness of international issues within their field of study. Students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international perspectives relevant to the discipline or professional field

Program Structure

The program consists of 48 Units of Credit (UOC) equivalent to one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

The 48 UOC comprises 36 UOC of coursework and 12 UOC of experimental and/or design project work (MATS6113 Research Project).

Initial enrolment in Semester 1 is preferred, but mid-year admission in Semester 2 is permitted.

All formal coursework is taught during work hours, although the project work may be undertaken with flexibility in terms of time and location.

Enrolment in coursework offered by Schools other than the School of Materials Science and Engineering may be permitted, subject to the approval of the Head of School, up to a maximum of 6 UOC.

Students must enrol in the following 18 UOC:
Plus 30 UOC from the following list of courses:

Academic Rules

Please refer to the Program Structure above for the Academic Rules for this program.


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Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement of this program is a four-year Honours degree (or equivalent) with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 in one of the following disciplines:
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
Students with overseas qualifications should demonstrate the attainment of knowledge and skills equivalent to those achieved by students completing an Honours degree in Australia by providing evidence of courses completed in their undergraduate degree and details of an independent or directed research project and/or thesis.

Related Program(s)

8717 Materials Technology

Area(s) of Specialisation